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Rumi Tominaga-Wada and Takuji Wada
Plant root hairs play an essential role in water and nutrient uptake. CAPRICE (CPC) family transcription factors act to induce root hairs in Arabidopsis thaliana. Previously, using a proteasome inhibitor assay, we proposed that the CPC family protein TRIPTYCHON (TRY) was degraded through the ubiquitin/26S proteasome pathway. The Auxin resistant 1 (AXR1) gene encodes the ubiquitin-activating enzyme E1. In this study, to further investigate the mechanism of TRY degradation, we introduced a CPCp:TRY-GFP construct into axr1-3 A. thaliana mutants. The CPCp:TRY-GFP transgenic plant showed weak TRY-GFP fluorescence while the CPCp:TRY-GFP in axr1-3 transgenic plant showed strong TRY-GFP fluorescence. These results support the suggestion that TRY is degraded by the ubiquitin/26S proteasome mechanism.